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Love Letters

(37645) Matilda and Vita on the beach, [Massachusetts], probably 1921.

Whether you celebrate the 14th of February or not, the day provides a good opportunity to take a closer look at some of the intimate stories contained within the Reuther's collections. While our purpose for collecting personal papers lies in their connections to organizations or social movements that help our understanding of the history of labor, metropolitan Detroit, or Wayne State University, it is often impossible to separate the private person from his/her public accomplishments. There is perhaps no better example of this than the Matilda Robbins Papers and the story of a deep love contained within.  read more »

Guest Post: Laura Kennedy on Raven Award Experience

(37313) Student Activities; Students with "We Like Shorts" signs, circa 1950s.

It was truly an honor to receive the Fall 2017 Raven Award and an invaluable experience to work closely with the audiovisual archivists at the Reuther Library. I am in my second year as a graduate student at Wayne State  read more »

Meet Rebecca Bizonet, Oral History Project Archivist

(33271) Rebecca Bizonet, Oral History Project Archvist, 2015

The Reuther Library is pleased to welcome Rebecca Bizonet as project archivist for its oral history collections. Her arrival on staff last week marks the beginning of work on a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Documenting Democracy grant awarded to the library in 2014.  read more »

Subject Focus: Merrill-Palmer Summer Camp

(32332) Group photograph, Merrill-Palmer Summer Camp, 1938

With the school year now upon us, the Reuther Library presents a look back at summers past as recorded in the Merrill-Palmer collections. As Edna Noble White, first director of the Merrill-Palmer Institute, once said, "The children of a nation are its greatest potential asset." This belief was reflected in the Institute's main role, which was the understanding and interpretation of the individual from birth to adulthood.  read more »

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